ABIDE WITH ME
by Delia Parr

September 2006
ISBN: 0-373-78569-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback
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Andrea Long Hooper and her two sisters, Jenny Spencer, Madge Stevens have had a tradition, they have a Sisters Breakfast at The Diner, it is to celebrate the birthdays of their departed sibling and parents. That is their tribute to their lives not deaths.


Andrea is the local real estate agent of Welleswood, a small, but thriving town. Her husband has been gone for a while, her children are grown, and she is also a survivor of cancer.


Jenny is a nurse in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital in nearby Philadelphia, she is married to a wonderful man, he is the stay at home parent, and he is an aspiring author. They have two young daughters.


Madge has lived a pampered life, her husband, Russell has been very generous to her over the years, and their children are grown. She is considered somewhat of an eccentric, but because of her giving heart, people pretty much let her be the way she is.


As the story progresses, Andrea has found out her cancer has returned, she will have to start to make some changes in her life, one of which is to let go of the total control she feels she needs to have in her life. Jenny has learned she is expecting her third child, she does not want to mention anything to Andrea, she feels she should not be happy, due to the cancer Andrea has. Jenny also wonders if her husband will ever finish and get his novel published. Madge’s life is turned upside down when her husband comes home with a secret he has been hiding for three years.


It was amazing to see how each woman handled their situation. I was more in tune with Madge’s problem than Jenny’s or Andrea’s. It would take an incredibly strong faithful woman like Madge to handle what her husband had been keeping from her. All three women handle everything with style and grace. This is Delia Parr’s first inspirational novel. Bravo! I recommend this book on the highest level. There are no disappointments.


Reviewed in August 2006 by Pat.

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